‘DAMO’S LAW’ PETITION: SAVING OUR LOVED ONES FROM SUICIDE! Please sign ‘Damo’s Law’ petition to introduce a new mental health law named ‘Damo’s Law’ that will immediately support our loved ones at ‘risk of suicide.’ ‘Damo’s Law’ will be initiated when a person with a mental health issue, their family members, carers or advocates are not satisfied with decisions made by the responding mental health staff, and they still believe that the person’s life is in imminent danger. By evoking ‘Damo’s Law,’ an unbiased clinical assessment escalation process will begin, and the person at risk, and/or their family members, advocates and carers will be seen within 24 hours of a complaint being lodged.
‘Damo’s Law’ has been created by Tessa Sarich, in response to the tragic death of Damian Sarich who lived with paranoid schizophrenia, and died by suicide on December 5th, 2016. Prior to Damian’s death in Maryborough Qld, he had attempted suicide approximately 30 times in 5 years, and reported numerous times to his family, that he was feeling less and less heard, and cared for within the mental health system. Toward the end of his life, he stated that “he didn’t think that they worried about him anymore.” Damian’s family members tried desperately to get him the help that he needed to save his life. Unfortunately, the family felt that their desperate pleas for help fell on deaf ears, and Damian is no longer with us.
We are now asking for The Department of Health to make a commitment to introduce an escalation process that enables a person with a mental health condition, their family, carer or advocate to bring in a non-biased third party to provide a clinical review within a 24 hour period after the complaint, to revaluate the seriousness of the situation and minimise the possibility of another person dying by suicide. We are requesting that ‘Damo’s Laws’ be evoked when the following situation is unfolding:
1. A person with an escalating mental health condition, their family member/s, carer’s or an advocate is not satisfied with the decision of the attending community mental health emergency team, or the decisions of the general practitioners, and mental health doctors and nurses. 2. A person with an escalating mental health condition, their family member/s, carer’s, an advocate is fearing that the person is at risk of dying by suicide if they are not admitted to hospital for their own safety, and/or are stating that they may hurt another person.
We envision that once the ‘Damo’s Law’ rule is enacted, a full clinical review of the person living with a mental health condition, and the treatment they are receiving be undertaken within 24 hours.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN DAMOS LAW IS PASSED.
D. Directly assess the situation.
A. Acknowledge and Analyse the situation.
M. Make them feel heard.
O. Offer support.
S. Seek appropriate treatment plan. ie. Admitted if need. Counceller. Support groups. Give them care package. (Contents of care package below)
L. Liasson with the treatment plan.
A. Arrange support for family and carers to help with thier loved ones in need.
W. Wellness of the patient follow ups.
Suicide Hotline Numbers. (for wall and pocket size for wallets.)
How to prevent anxiety/panic attack. (With ways to help when having an attack.) (For wall and pocket size for wallets.)
Emergency wall cards. (What to have close by to help.)
Panic/Anxiety Dairy. (To record there attacks to help point out triggers of attacks and combat them.)
Stress ball. (Combat stress.)
Scented object for sensory. (Scents can calm the nervous system.)
Positive Selfcare Cards. (To help positive thinking.)
Here is Damo’s story.... My name is Damian Sarich (Damo). I was born on May 14th, 1984. I died sadly died by SUICIDE. I HUNG myself December 5th 2016. My mum found me. I was 32 years old.
I was diagnosed with Paranoid Schizophrenia, and I suffered for 5 years with the demons inside my head... I thought people were going to kill me on a daily basis... I even thought my own family was going to kill sometimes... I just wanted it to stop...
I wanted to kill myself before they tortured me.
MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM LET ME DIE. Community Mental Health had seen me regularly. I had about 30 attempts at suicide with my mental state of mind. I was in and out of the wards. It was needles, pills, more needles, and more pills. I don’t think they worried about me anymore. At the time of my death I had been off my medication for a while as I was trying to stabilise. I had gone away for 2 months, but I was not doing so well. I was not with reality. Things happened and I was no longer with reality at all. I had 2 visits with the Community Mental Health workers in the couple of weeks I stayed with my sister. I told the workers I was going to kill myself. I told my sister I was going to kill myself. I was not with reality, to the point I thought I had not seen my sister in 10 years. It had only be 8 weeks. Community Mental Health walked away and left me there twice. My mum returned from hospital so I went to be with my mum. My mum rang and tried to get me admitted in the last 5 days I was here on earth, but Community Mental Health was still not listening. I think my family members would know me a lot better than them, but they weren’t listened to. Community Mental Health only came to give me more pills or needles. You didn’t actually care that I was lost, broken, torn, confused, scared, or alone. My mind shredded into millions of fears all coming at me at once and I couldn’t stop them. The thoughts were telling me how they’re going to torture me and how they will kill me. I didn’t want to be here anymore. Make them stop! Why won’t you make them stop Mental Health? Why won’t you help me? Why do you think it’s just in my head? Why is it not real? It’s as real to me as my coffin was to you. Now do you see how real it was? Now do you see I couldn’t stop it? I needed to be kept safe. I needed to leave before they hurt me. I told you I was going to 'KILL MYSELF' and you let me. You knew I wasn’t OK but you walked away anyway because I’m not your son, brother, dad, daughter, or sister so you didn’t care if I DIED. One less case for you to worry about. Well guess what? I DID DIE. I HUNG myself where my mum was left to find me lifeless. You could have prevented this from happening if you had just listened to my family! You didn’t listen to me because of my mental state of mind. Even in those last 5 days, if you had listened to my family, I could possibly still be ALIVE as I would have been kept safe where I couldn’t hurt myself. Why didn’t you listen?
Will you listen now that I’m gone? Please help save our loved ones....
Please sign our ‘Damo's Law’ (Suicide Prevention) petition
Hi, my name is Tessa Sarich. I am Damian’s sister. Please sign our petition to help bring in a new law that helps prevent the loss of our loved ones. Please get behind my family and me, and help us to create ‘Damo’s Law,’ to protect our family members who are at risk of suicide, so that Damian’s death is not in vain. Your support would be greatly appreciated! Thank you so much for your support. Tessa Sarich and family.
Damo's Law Petition: http://chng.it/dgc5bh4Yqh